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Jamaican singer Mavado suprises kids at South Ozone Park school


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

Children at a public school in South Ozone Park got a special gift this holiday season.

Mavado, a famous Jamaican singer, visited the school on Wednesday not only to perform for the students, but to also spread some knowledge of his own.

“You are the men and women of tomorrow,” he said to the crowd of kids as they were screaming and clapping in awe. “School is important. Make sure you stay in school.”

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The event took place at the J.H.S 226 Virgil I. Grissom school, located at 120-10 Rockaway Blvd. Children at the school who were on good behavior and had perfect attendance up to this point in the year got to see him.

He performed his hit song, “So Special,” for the children and had them sing along, expressing how special each and everyone of them are.

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Mavado hails from Jamaica. He has performed songs with singers and groups such as G-Unit, Nicki Minaj and Drake, among others. One of his latest hits was titled “Give It All to Me,” featuring Nick Minaj.

He said it is important for celebrities to give back to children who look up to them because they will soon be the leaders of the world.

“Children are the future,” he said. “They listen to our music and look up to us and will be the men and women leaders in the future, so it is very important [to give back].”

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Pair sought in armed robbery of South Ozone Park laundromat


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Police are looking for two robbers who they say held up a South Ozone Park laundromat at gunpoint last week before getting away with just $216 in cash.

The two suspects entered the laundromat at 35-13 Lefferts Blvd. about 4 a.m. on Dec. 10 and forced a 19-year-old employee to the back of the business, cops said. One of the suspects then took a driver’s license and $20 from the employee while the other suspect grabbed $196 from the register.

The pair then fled northbound on Lefferts Boulevard and got into a white sedan, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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One injured in gas explosion at South Ozone Park home


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Updated Tuesday, Dec. 2, 9:14 a.m.

A stove mishap on Thanksgiving Day caused a gas explosion at a South Ozone Park home and left one person injured, fire officials said.

The 107-55 108th St. two-story dwelling exploded about 1:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the FDNY.

A man who suffered from burns, according to published reports, was taken to the hospital in serious, but non-life-threatening condition.

The location of the explosion was an illegally renovated apartment in the back of the house, according to fire and National Grid officials. An investigation showed that the resident was trying to light the stove when the incident happened.

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Robber followed 88-year-old home from Resorts World, stole casino winnings: DA


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An 88-year-old East Elmhurst man who had just won $1,000 at Resorts World Casino was followed home, assaulted and robbed of his winnings, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Video footage and eyewitness accounts show Gregory Hillman, 57, of the Bronx, trailing the elderly man for more than an hour and a half and 10 miles before taking the cash, the district attorney said.

Hillman spotted the victim at the South Ozone Park casino on the afternoon of Oct. 31 as he was counting the $1,000 he had just won, according to Brown. He then followed the victim through the casino, onto a shuttle bus, through the subway system, into a supermarket, onto a Q47 bus and finally to his apartment building.

He allegedly came up behind the victim outside of the building to take his money. The two struggled and Hillman pushed the victim to the ground, causing him to hit his head on the pavement and eventually black out, the district attorney said. Hillman then grabbed his wallet, which contained the casino winnings, an additional $10 in cash and a credit card.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for contusions and welts, a bump on his forehead and face, and scratches on his hands.

Hillman was arraigned on Saturday in Queens Criminal Court on robbery, assault and grand larceny charges, according to prosecutors. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Real estate roundup: Eight-story residential tower planned for downtown Jamaica, Queens eyed for juvenile offenders facilities


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/ PropertyShark 

Eight stories in downtown Jamaica

“Applications have been filed to begin construction of an eight-story and 31-unit residential building of 22,728 square feet at the vacant lots of 87-65 – 87-69 171st Street, in Downtown Jamaica; the site’s two-story predecessor was demolished in 2003, and M. S. Savani is designing.” Read more [New York YIMBY]

Two Queens neighborhoods being eyed for ‘limited secure’ facilities for juvenile offenders

“The city is searching for sites in Queens to place a “limited secure” facility for juvenile offenders, the News has learned. Sources said locations in South Ozone Park and Jamaica are being studied.” Read more [New York Daily News]

Checking in on Tishman Speyer’s Long Island City project

“28-18 Jackson Avenue, which is part of Tishman Speyer’s plan to bring approximately 1,600 residential apartments to Long Island City, is completely covered in pipe scaffolding now.Construction crews put the pipe scaffolding up with in the last two weeks, and a permit filed on September 11 calls for the full mechanical demolition of the building.” Read more [The Court Square Blog]

 

SCA to host public sessions on new school coming to Centerville


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The School Construction Authority (SCA) will be hosting a public forum this week on a new school being built in Centerville.

The proposed school, located at Albert Road and Huron Street, will be a big topic of discussion at the next Community Board 10 meeting on Oct. 2 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in South Ozone Park.

The SCA sought the land in an effort to alleviate expected overcrowding in School District 27.  The agency estimates that there will be an additional 990 students in the district by 2017.

The site, which is approximately 72,500 square feet, will be used as a 504-seat elementary school that will run from pre-K to grade 5.

Along with the school building, there are also plans for a large recreational area consisting of courts, a playground and even an outdoor stage, according to the SCA website.

Community Board 10 currently has six elementary schools, four K-8 schools and four middle schools in District 27.

The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 135-45 Lefferts Blvd.

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Suspect wanted in South Ozone Park robbery: cops


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

Police are looking for the suspect in a robbery that occurred near Lincoln Street and 135th Street last month.

On July 29 at about 6:15 p.m., a 23-year-old man was approached by the suspect who followed by forcibly removing the victim’s sneakers and wallet before fleeing the scene, cops said. The victim was uninjured.

Police have released a surveillance photo of the suspect using the victim’s stolen debit card.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Police looking for suspect in South Ozone Park attempted robbery


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The NYPD is looking for a suspect wanted for the attempted robbery of a 65-year-old woman.

On Wednesday, Aug.6 at about 2:10 p.m. the victim was on the corner of 130th Street and 109th Avenue when she was pushed from behind by the suspect as he tried to grab her purse, police said. This caused her to fall to the ground and hit her head on the sidewalk. The suspect then fled the scene.

The victim sustained swelling and bruising to her head and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, according to cops.

Police released photos of the suspect who they describe as a man with brown eyes, short black hair and about 5 feet 5 inches tall. He was last seen wearing white sneakers and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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62-year-old dies trying to cross Belt Parkway


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A Bronx man was struck and killed as he was attempting to cross the Belt Parkway Tuesday night in South Ozone Park, according to police.

The victim, identified as 62-year-old Frank Korowitz, was trying to walk across the roadway near 150th Street around 11 p.m. when he was hit by a Nissan Maxima, cops said.

The Nissan was then struck from behind by an Isuzu Rodeo, according to authorities. Both drivers suffered minor injuries.

Korowitz was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Nissan, Karlmarx Waite, 44, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and motor vehicle license violation: no license, police said.

 

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South Ozone Park couple broadcasts international radio show out of home


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Two South Ozone Park residents are part of an international syndicate of DJs streaming an international radio show that plays Caribbean, Guyanese and Indian music.

And they do it all from their home.

“It’s very hot here in New York City. I trust that the music coming out of our Queens studio is keeping you cool,” Sharmin Hardeosingh said into a microphone that carried her message all around the world to millions of people.

Sharmin and her husband Amar are a part of an international radio program called Swaarg Sangeet Radio and they have their own program that features an array of music like Caribbean, Bollywood, Trinidadian and Guyanese. Sharmin and Amar, who work out of their South Ozone Park home, have been running the New York City segment of the radio since 2012 and people from all over the world can listen to the music by going on the radio’s website.

“I have the ability to make someone’s spirit high with this music,” Amar said in a whisper because Sharmin was in the next room broadcasting. “It’s a part of the Caribbean community here in Queens but also around the world.”

While Amar is dedicated to the radio program, he works at an auto collision shop during the day and DJs for the radio on the weekend. Swaarg Sangeet means “power of music” in Hindi and the company is based out of Houston, Texas, where the corporate office is set up.

The Hardeosinghs’ set-up is similar to others across the world, according to the company’s website. The company is able to have a DJ always working somewhere by setting up manned stations in Trinidad and Tobago, India, Guyana, Florida and California.

The stations tend to have a high listener population of Caribbean and Guyanese people who want to stay connected with the international community. Amar and Sharmin do this by live streaming events that occur in Queens and all of New York City.

The couple recently streamed a memorial, using a high-definition camera provided by the company, of the death of a Hindu religious leader.

“And that’s how we connect people all around the world,” Amar said. “There were so many people out there yearning to participate in the event but they couldn’t come to New York City from India or wherever else they were.”

 

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26-year-old killed in Far Rockaway motorcycle collision


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A motorcyclist lost his life on July 4 after striking a utility pole in Far Rockaway, police said.

Marcus Joel, 26, of South Ozone Park, was riding his motorcycle on Seagirt Boulevard near Beach 13th Street just after 6 p.m. when the accident occurred, according to authorities.

As he was traveling down the roadway, he hit a curb before crashing into a wooden utility pole, cops said. Joel was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

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Man builds miniature railroad in South Ozone Park yard


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THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

There’s a new local train stop in Queens—so local the whole railroad is contained within a yard in South Ozone Park.

Max Dixon, 54, spent the whole winter season building three train tracks that run the length of his front and side yard. He’s now reaping the benefits of his hard work.

“It’s very relaxing,” he said as three train cars, with their miniature cargo in tow, chugged along at various speeds. “It calms every part of you. Mind, body and soul.”

Dixon is a self-described miniaturist and he has the credentials to prove it. His house holds hundreds of miniature cars, electric and non functioning; two methane-powered helicopters about the size of drones; several model train cars; and three miniature humans, his grandchildren.

“I’m a grandfather so it’s not like I’m a kid. But the kid in me loves this,” he said. As he spoke one of the train cars turned snaked around a bend toward him through flowers and a miniature train station. He noticed that it was missing its cargo of two miniature cars and freight cars. Using a remote control, he put the car in reverse.

“Let’s see if we can do this without it getting derailed,” he said and walked over to the spot on the truck where the cargo unhooked.

“Now that was fun,” he said after the train was put together.

Dixon works for Verizon during the week and said that collecting miniatures has been a hobby of his for more than 25 years, and over the years he’s probably put around $40,000 into his hobby.

“When I was putting the foundation in for the train tracks, it took me two hours just to hammer in the wooden stake [foundation],” he said. “ That’s a ridiculous amount of time. But it shows you how much I love it.”

 

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Queens man collared in Ozone Park, South Ozone burglary spree: DA


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A Queens man has been busted for allegedly breaking into five homes in Ozone Park and South Ozone Park, stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry and other items.

Harry Garcia, 48, a Jamaica resident, was arraigned Saturday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of five counts of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of resisting arrest, prosecutors said.

Garcia is accused of committing the burglary spree between May 6 and June 6, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

He was finally collared Friday morning when NYPD officers investigating a pattern of residential burglaries caught Garcia entering a South Ozone Park backyard and trying to open a window and break into the 117th Street home, Brown said. Cops then said they saw him leave the backyard with a bag he wasn’t carrying when he entered the residence. He fled when police approached, and was apprehended a block away, where Garcia allegedly resisted arrest as he flailed his arms and legs as officers tried to handcuff him.

The bag he was carrying, which Garcia dropped when he fled, contained a Sony PlayStation and accessories, prosecutors said. Police also found a bracelet and chain when they searched Garcia.

Garcia is also charged in connection to four additional burglaries that occurred on May 6, on 109th Street in South Ozone Park; on May 13 on 135th Avenue in South Ozone Park; on May 23, on 83rd Street in Ozone Park; and on May 30 on 113th Street in Ozone Park, according to the district attorney.

If convicted Garcia faces up to 75 years in prison. He was ordered held on $60,000 bail and to return to court on June 23.

 

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Pedestrian fatally hit in South Ozone Park


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Updated Monday, June 9, 4:50 p.m.

A 58-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed in South Ozone Park just hours after another man was fatally hit on the same roadway, according to police.

The incident happened about 10 a.m. on North Conduit Avenue near 130th Street, cops said.

The victim, identified by police as Robert Moczo of Manhattan, was trying to cross North Conduit Avenue, and was halfway across the street, when he attempted to turn around and come back, officials said.

He was then struck by a Toyota Avalon sedan.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition where he later died of his injuries around 2:20 p.m., according to officials.

Police said the driver remained on the scene of the accident and the investigation is ongoing.

North Conduit Avenue was the site of another fatal crash earlier the same morning when a bicyclist was struck in a hit-and-run near 225th Street at about 5 a.m.

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Cops looking for suspects in South Ozone Park robbery, assault


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Photo courtesy of the NYPD

A 49 year-old man was robbed and assaulted in front of a deli in South Ozone Park earlier this month, according to police.

One of the suspects took $400 and a cell phone from the man at about 2:05 a.m. on May 5, before three other suspects attacked the victim, leaving him with minor injuries to his face and head, cops said. The robbery and assault happened on Rockaway Boulevard near 134th Street.

Police have released a photo of the first suspect and describe all of the suspects as men between the ages of 18 and 25.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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